Bird Watching Tour, Uganda West & South 10 days

tour summary
Uganda is one of the most attractive birding destinations in Africa with over 1,040 bird species. This ten day package that visits five national parks offers you the opportunity to explore various habitats for bird watching like rain-forests, mountains, savanna, rivers, lakes, and swamps. All our bird watching tours are arranged in collaboration with Mr. Hamlet Mugabe, a bird guide and field ornithologist with more than 15 years of experience.
duration 10 days / 9 nights
starting point Entebbe Airport
means of transport
  • Private vehicle
destinations
  • Bwindi NP
  • Queen Elizabeth NP
  • Kibale NP
  • Lake Mburo NP
  • Mabamba Swamp
activities
  • Bird watching
  • Boat trip
option
  • Domestic flight
  • Game drive
  • Night game drive
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

The smallest but the most popular park in Uganda,120 species of mammals and 350 species of birds are recorded. This forest is one of the habitats of the Mountain Gorilla, also registered as World Heritage Site. 18 groups are habituated and only 4 permits are sold per day for the gorilla habituation.
Geographic features: Forest, Size: 321 km²
Activity: Gorilla tracking (1hour), Gorilla habituation experience (4hrs), nature walk, Batwa forest experience

Queen Elizabeth National Park

The second largest national park in Uganda with 95 species of mammals and 610 species of birds. Savanna in north and south are home for large mammals like lion and elephant, Kazinga Channel is for birds, crocodile and hippo, Kyambura Gorge is for chimpanzee.
Geographic features: Savanna, forest, lake, river Size: 1,978km²
Activity: Game drive, night game drive, boat trip, chimpanzee tracking, nature walk, balloon safari

Kibale National Park

One of the largest forests in Uganda with 60 species of mammals and 335 species of birds which have been recorded. It is a home for more than 1,000 individuals of chimpanzees and 12 species of primates. It is also known as a bird watching site thanks to rare species like shinning-blue kingfisher and green-breasted pitta.
Geographic features: Forest, Size: 795km²
Activity: Chimpanzee tracking, Chimpanzee habituation experience (half or full day), nature walk, night forest walk

Lake Mburo National Park

The nearest national park from Kampala with 68 species of mammals and 610 species of birds. It is known for herbivores like giraffe, impala, zebra and eland. Lake Mburo is a habitat for hippoes, African Fish Eagles.
Geographic features: Savannah, lake, swamp Size: 260km²
Activity: Game drive, night game drive, boat trip, nature walk, horseback safari

Mabamba Swamp

One of the Ramsar site in Uganda located along the northern shore of Lake Victoria with over 300 species of birds. Also known for its rare bird species like shoebill stork and beautiful birds like Great Blue Turaco and African Pygmy Goose.
Geographic feature: Swamp, Size: ‎16,500ha
Activity: Bird watching

day 1
1 日目

PM

Arrive at Entebbe Airport

Evening

Bird watching at Entebbe Botanical Garden

Bird of the day
Splendid Starling (Lamprotornis purpureus), Little Sparrowhawk (Accipiter minullus), Great Blue Turaco (Corythaeola cristata), Shikra (Accipiter badius), and Ross's Turaco (Musophaga rossae).

overnight: Entebbe
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day 2
2 日目

AM

Bird watching at Mabamba Swamp

Evening

Bird watching at Lake Mburo

Bird of the day
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), Great blue Turaco (Corythaeola cristata), Ross's Turaco (Musophaga rossae), African pygmy Goose (Nettapus auritus) ,Malachite Kingfisher (Alcedo cristata).

overnight: Lake Mburo National Park
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day 3
3 日目

AM

Bird watching at Rubanga Forest, Lake Mburo NP

PM

Transfer to Kisoro

Bird of the day
Yellow-billed Barbet (Trachyplaemus purpuratus), Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird (Pogoniulus atroflavus), White-breasted Negrofinch (Nigrita fusconota),Green Hylia (Hylia prasina),Trilling Cisticola (Cisticola woosnami).

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day 4
4 日目

Whole day

Bird watching at Mt. Sabinyo, Mgahinga Gorilla NP

Bird of the day
Rwenzori Turaco (Tauraco johnstoni), White-Starred Robin (Pogonocichla stellata), Handsome Francolin (Francolinus nobilis), White-naped Raven (Corvus albicollis), and Rwenzori Batis (Batis diops).

overnight: Kisoro
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day 5
5 日目

AM

Bird watching at Lake Kyahasi

PM

Transfer to Ruhija

Bird of the day
Grey-crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum), Red-knobbed Coot (Fulica cristata), African Snipe (Gallinago nigripennis), Black Crake (Amaurornis flavirostris), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) and Greater Sandplover (Charadrius asiaticus).

overnight: Ruhija, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
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day 6
6 日目

Whole day

Bird watching at Mubwindi Swamp, Bwindi Impenetrable NP

Bird of the day
African Green Broad Bill (Pseudocalyptomena graurei), Shelley's Crimsonwing (Cryptospiza shelleyi), Dusky Crimsonwing (Cryptospiza jacksoni), African Hill Babbler (Pseudoalcippe abyssinica) and Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher (Melaenornis ardesiacus).

overnight: Ruhija, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
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day 7
7 日目

AM

Transfer to Mweya

PM

Bird watching at Kazinga Channel, Queen Elizabeth NP

Bird of the day
Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus), Saddle-soiled Stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis), African Fish Eagle (Haliaaeetus vocifer),Temminck's Courser (Cursorius temminckii), and African Skimmer (Rynchops flavirostris).

overnight: Queen Elizabeth National Park
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day 8
8 日目

AM

Bird watching at Mweya savannah, Queen Elizabeth NP

PM

Bird watching at Bigodi Swamp

Bird of the day
Papyrus Gonolek (Laniarius mufumbiri), White-faced Scops-owl (Otus leucotis), African fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vicifer), African Skimmer (Rynchops flavirostris), Martial Eagle (Polemaetus bellicosus).

overnight: Kibale National Park
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day 9
9 日目

Whole day

Bird watching at Kibale NP

Bird of the day
Green-breasted Pitta (Pitta reichenowi), Crested Guinea Fowl (Guttera pucherani), African Pitta (Pitta angolensis), African crowned Eagle (Stephanoaetus coronatus), Ayres's Hawk Eagle (Hieraaetus ayresii).

overnight: Fort Portal
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day 10
10 日目

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Transfer to Entebbe

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